Nolan Ryan set foot in Angel Stadium on Friday for the first time in 19 years. The Texas Rangers President and CEO was on hand to receive a specially designed ring commemorating his membership in the Angels' Hall of Fame and to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rangers-Angels game.
The Hall of Fame pitcher who threw four of his seven no-hitters for the Angels has vivid memories of the last time he was on the Angel Stadium mound, on Sept. 17, 1993.
Ryan was a 46-year-old right-hander pitching for the Rangers, and in the second-to-last start of his distinguished 27-year career, he allowed one unearned run and four hits, struck out five and walked none in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to the Angels.
“I didn’t win, but I had pretty good stuff,” Ryan said. “I knew it was the last time I was going to pitch here. I was a little emotional. The fans here always treated me well.”